Delhi-based social networking app Kingr has been selected for Facebook’s developer-focused programme “FbStart” which caters to the early-stage, mobile-focused startups.
Originally based out of Brazil, the startup was founded in 2015 by Marco Rocha. Recently, in December 2016, it was acquired by New Delhi-based Wixty Inc, the parent company of VideoVibe. It is now headed by Elisha Priyadarshini, Tom Sun and Ranjan Sahoo.
Kingr is basically a dating app for Christians where bachelors from Christian community can register and look for a friend online for pursuing a long term relationship, a romantic partner or a life partner.
The startup founders boast of getting 900 signups in the first few hours of its launching and claim to have currently 80000+ users, out of which 48000 are daily active users. Also, the platform has to date exchanged over 2 Mn+ messages between its various users.
In the next 6 months, Kingr plans to go social and aim to engage more users. Also, the focus will be on to take the engage more users from USA, India,Brazil and Malaysia and later on China.
Facebook launched FbStart in 2014 with an aim to help early-stage mobile startups build and grow their apps. It provides an exclusive community, worldwide events, and mentorship from Facebook to the startups along with $80K in free tools and services.
FbStart includes three tracks, viz., Pre-launch (up to $15K benefits), Bootstrap (up to $30K benefits), and Accelerate (up to $80K benefits). The programme provides free access to more than 25 services including open source tools like React Native, FB Login and Account Kit and App Analytics.
India is the largest market for FbStart outside the US. According to the product partnerships team at Facebook, over 75% of top-grossing apps in India get integrated with Facebook.
Other startups accepted to FBStart programme this year include Video Vibe, FoodCloud, Healofy, AsepsisLife, Partiko, Flicksup, CoutLoot, XPrep and Fixu.